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The (new) Hunt Club: A Great Place for a Splurge

September 27, 2013

hunt_clubAs the Cheap Bastard has mentioned before, his alter ego, David Volk, is a travel writer who occasionally ends up visiting high-end restaurants and hotels as part of his job, often within hours of doing a cheap bastard posting. Understandably, this occasionally leaves him feeling a bit confused as to what to do about it, especially when he visits a place he really likes.

That was the case on Wednesday night when he was invited to experience the new menu at the Hunt Club in the Sorrento Hotel. The evening’s menu included tastes of slow roasted king salmon with pickled chantrelles and roasted Shishito peppers; petite prime Angus dry aged New York Strip with horseradish spiked mashed potatoes, roasted trumpet royale mushrooms and foie gras buter; heirloom melons and huckleberries in basil syrup (served in a mini-mason jar, which is a great idea for serving sweets after meals); a little gem and shaved vegetable salad with smoked blue cheese and candied hazelnuts; and a chocolate terrine with drunken strawberry sauce and Tonnemakers Cherry Crumble.

Why is he mentioning it on a cheap bastard’s blog, you might ask. Well, we all want a splurge now and then and if the food he had on Wednesday is any indication, the newly-revamped menu is definitely worth it. You can even get a three-course meal for $32 per person, which is a great price for fine dining.

Is it a bargain? Yes and no. With main courses ranging from $29 to $44, it’s not as inexpensive as, say, Red Robin, The Ram, or Mamma Melina’s, BUT it is an intimate, special occasion restaurant that is far less expensive and far more approachable than Canlis, the granddaddy of all special occasion restaurants in Seattle. Not only that, but its location on First Hill makes it easier to get to and its presence in a century-old heritage hotel gives it a sense of history and atmosphere that most other restaurants in town can’t touch.

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